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Choosing your Pre-sessional course

Find out about our Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses, entry requirements and how to apply.

Pre-sessional student Ibrahim Abu Arja from Jordan chatting with another student.
Choose your Pre-sessional course at Bath

The University of Bath Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses will take place on campus in 2023. We offer three courses:

  • 20-week course: for this course, you do not need to hold an offer for a degree course in order to apply. Please email the Pre-sessional Team for more information.
  • 10-week course
  • 5-week course

For the 10- and 5-week courses, you need to hold an offer for your main degree programme before you apply for a PSE course.

Which PSE course you apply for depends on the English language requirement for your degree programme and your current level of English.

Before you apply for a 10- or 5-week PSE course in 2023, you will need to check if you are eligible for:

  • a combined offer, or
  • a standalone offer.

Combined offer

A combined offer means your PSE course is combined with your degree programme. A benefit is that you only need to apply for one visa for both your PSE course and degree programme.

You may be able to receive a combined offer if your English language test score is very close to the English language requirement for your degree programme and you meet all the other conditions of your offer.

You will need to show proof of undergraduate graduation before the PSE course start date in order to receive a combined offer.

Who you apply to for a combined offer depends on your postgraduate taught degree programme. Please email a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate (or IELTS equivalent) to the relevant admissions team:

The admissions team will then decide if you are eligible for a combined offer.

Standalone offer

A standalone offer means that your PSE course is separate from your degree programme.

If you cannot show us proof of undergraduate graduation before the start of the PSE course, you will need to apply for a PSE course via the standalone route.

If your IELTS English language test result (or IELTS equivalent) has a score of overall 5.0 or any elements at 5.0 you can only apply for a PSE course via the standalone route.

If you are an Undergraduate student or a PhD student, you can only apply for a standalone offer. The combined offer is not available for these programmes.

Secure English Language Test (SELT)

All applicants for a standalone PSE must provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Your certificate must be dated within two years of the PSE course start date.

Please check this information about acceptable tests.

Check which standalone PSE course you need and how to apply

English language requirement

Your offer letter tells you the English language requirements for your degree programme. You can also check the English language requirements on individual degree programme pages.

Current IELTS score or equivalent in accepted test Recommended course Start date Cost Apply
No more than 1.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 20-week PSE (Standalone course) 17 April 2023 £9,300 Apply here
No more than 1.0 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 10-week PSE (Standalone course) 3 July 2023 £4,650 Apply here
No more than 0.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 5-week PSE (Standalone course) 3 August 2023 £2,500 email the Pre-sessional Team

If you have taken a different English language test from IELTS, you can check its IELTS equivalent. If your test is not listed, please email the Pre-sessional Team and we will advise you.

Closing date for applications

We close for applications four weeks before the start of the Pre-sessional course:

  • 20-week: 20 March 2023
  • 10-week: 5 June 2023
  • 5-week: 6 July 2023

"If I hadn't joined the Pre-sessional course, I would be afraid to talk with other people in English." (Jiayi Li, MSc Accounting and Finance)

Contact us

If you have any questions about choosing your Pre-sessional course, please contact us.